Ceremony for baseball field
The opening ceremony for Bankwest/Lamperts Field in Jim Thome Park starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11 in Rockford.
This new youth baseball facility is in what was called Parkwood Park, 1000 Linea Parkway, was built by the Rockford Area Athletic Association.
Along with local fundraising donations and a grant from the Twins Community Fund, Bankwest and Lamperts were the other two big contributors.
The Twins approached RAAA to name the field after former Twin player Jim Thome because of his contributions when with the team. Naming of the field had already been granted to Bankwest/Lamperts as corporate sponsors so RAAA offered to re-name the park in Jim Thome’s honor.
The ceremony starts at 9 a.m. when there was still hope that Jim Thome would be able to come. The Twins will send a representative along with TC Bear.
Pre-season games in the Crow River Youth Baseball League begin at 10 a.m. and will go for five innings or 70 minutes. Games are at 10 and 11:30 a.m., plus 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. The concession stand will serve hot dogs and beverages.
Rockford faces Loretto
Two of the three area amateur baseball teams will face each other when Rockford travels to Loretto for a 2 p.m. game Sunday, May 12.
Rockford is 0-2 after losing to Cokato 7-3 Sunday. Jason Lesser gave up three runs in six innings of pitching. Cole Hansen pitched the last three innings, plus walked three times and scored twice. Nick Main was 3 for 4.
Loretto opened the season with an 8-7 win over Albertville. Eric Schutte provided a walk-off double.
In other North Star League action, Loretto is at Maple Lake, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, Delano opens the season at Cokato, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17 and Howard Lake plays Rockford at Loretto, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
Saints face league All-Stars
The North Star League amateur baseball All-Stars will play against the St. Paul Saints professional minor league team at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at Delano’s Municipal Baseball Park. The event is to raise funds for Delano’s hosting of the state tournament later this season.
Pre-sale tickets cost $7 or are $8 at the door. Gates will open at noon and the Saints players will take part in a home run derby at 12:50 p.m.
Delano is represented by Joey Althoff, Kevin Jaunich, Andy Brown and Jeff Althoff. Loretto has Kent Koch, Tyler Maher, Brandon Scanlon and Adam McGrane. Jason Lesser represents Rockford.
Between inning entertainment includes Sumo wrestling by local celebrities, relay races and contests like, “Are you smarter than the umpire?” The Saints announcing crew and Mascot will provide entertainment throughout the game.
Items in the silent auction include a Harmon Killebrew Hall of Fame autographed baseball, a cap autographed by Paul Molitor, a baseball signed by former Twin Dick Stigman, an autographed Adrian Peterson jersey and two sets of four Legend Clubs tickets to a Twins game.
Tickets are available at the State Bank of Delano, Crow River Bank, Coborn’s, All-Seasons Sports, Jaunich Tire, Delano City Hall or from any Delano team player.